Unfaithful (2002)



Critic Consensus: Diane Lane shines in the role, but the movie adds nothing new to the genre and the resolution is unsatisfying.

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Diane Lane is a wayward wife and Richard Gere is her suspicious husband in Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful. Connie (Lane) leaves her suburban home on an errand, venturing into Manhattan during a wicked windstorm. On a trash-strewn Soho street, she literally runs into Paul Martel (Olivier Martinez), a handsome young Frenchman carrying a huge stack of books. Connie has a bad scrape on her knee, and is unable to get a cab, so Paul invites her up to his apartment. Paul is quietly flirtatious as he gives Connie some ice and a bandage for her knee. Connie phones home and explains to her son, Charlie (Erik Per Sullivan), that she's running late. Before she leaves, Paul gives her a book of Persian poetry, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. She mentions the encounter in passing to Edward (Gere), her husband, but it's clear that she's obsessing about Paul, and soon she's back in the city, with a pretext for calling him up. Soon, they are lovers, and they grow bolder and bolder in their passion. Edward begins to suspect, and eventually gets a private investigator (Dominic Chianese of The Sopranos) to follow Connie. His worst fears confirmed, Edward decides to confront Paul, a decision that will come to haunt him. While the screenplay for Unfaithful is credited to Alvin Sargent (Ordinary People) and William Broyles Jr. (Cast Away), the inspiration for Lyne's film came from Claude Chabrol's acclaimed 1969 film La Femme Infidele. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi
R (for sexuality, language and a scene of violence)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Diane Lane
as Connie Sumner
Richard Gere
as Edward Sumner
Olivier Martinez
as Paul Martel
Chad Lowe
as Bill Stone
Erich Anderson
as Bob Gaylord
Damon Gupton
as Other Businessman
Kate Burton
as Tracy
Marc Forget
as Cafe Bartender
Dominic Chianese
as Frank Wilson
George Miller (I)
as Businessman No. 1
Paul D. Failla
as Businessman No. 2
Hal Smith-Reynolds
as Businessman No. 3
Tyree Michael Simpson
as Businessman No. 4
Liza Colon-Zayas
as Grumpy Teacher
Al Cayne
as Parking Lot Attendant
Murielle Arden
as Other Woman
Salem Ludwig
as Man with Suitcase
William Abadie
as Passerby
Matthew Maitland
as Crying Boy
Charles Glaser
as Father of Crying Boy
Zeljko Ivanek
as Detective Dean
Gary Basaraba
as Detective Mirojnick
Anne Pitoniak
as Grandma
Frederikke Borge
as Aunt Rikke
Russell Gibson
as Uncle Russell
Maria Gelardi
as Aunt Maria
Leslie Shenkel
as Uncle Les
Sophia Wu
as Dry Cleaner
Lisa Emery
as Beth
James Bruce-Gardyne
as Auctioneer
Tommy R. McGoldrick
as Cop Outside Auction
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Critic Reviews for Unfaithful

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (37)

A movie about sexuality that really throbs with eroticism.

July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The movie is called Unfaithful, but it's actually extremely faithful -- to the adultery movie rulebook, anyway.

June 13, 2002
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

What's curious about Unfaithful is just how little it pops.

Full Review… | June 1, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

A glossy, depthless melodrama.

May 19, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

After the plot's big turning point, the movie loses its focus and can't decide whether it wants to be a melodrama or a crime thriller.

Full Review… | May 14, 2002
Top Critic

Diane Lane is magnificent in this movie.

May 13, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Unfaithful


Somewhere between soft core porn and an Oscar nominated drama.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


"Unfaithful" works because it has solid actors as the leads, steady direction, and a script that ties together so many small objects and encounters in such non-contrivance that it's a thrill to watch unfold. Unfortunately, the story does fall into cliche in the picture's first half, but it's in the expertly crafted final shot where the film finds it's own identity.

Steven Carrier
Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

Really good. A bored housewife has an affair with a French man that she meets during a storm. The first half of this is about the sneaking around, the second half takes a turn I didn't expect and really gets quite dark. I did not expect this to be as good as it was.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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